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The AP Pro32

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As Voted by Charean Williams

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Los Angeles Rams (12)5-03841
2Kansas City Chiefs5-03722
3New Orleans Saints4-13484
4Carolina Panthers3-13229
5New England Patriots3-23457
6Cincinnati Bengals4-13336
7Jacksonville Jaguars3-23063
8Chicago Bears3-12988
9Minnesota Vikings2-2-127714
10Baltimore Ravens3-22735
11Green Bay Packers2-2-122811
12Tennessee Titans3-223410
13Los Angeles Chargers3-226017
14Philadelphia Eagles2-322112
15Pittsburgh Steelers2-2-125019
16Cleveland Browns2-2-118723
17Washington Redskins2-217413
18Miami Dolphins3-217615
19Seattle Seahawks2-316918
20Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-213122
21Houston Texans2-315626
22Dallas Cowboys2-313021
23Detroit Lions2-316424
24Denver Broncos2-310316
25New York Jets2-311429
26Buffalo Bills2-39430
27Atlanta Falcons1-49220
28Indianapolis Colts1-45025
29New York Giants1-46627
30Arizona Cardinals1-43832
31San Francisco 49ers1-41931
32Oakland Raiders1-42227

Charean Williams

Charean Williams has covered the NFL for 23 seasons. She works for NBC's Pro Football Talk after 17 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and six at the Orlando Sentinel.  

She has served as a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 11 years, the first woman in that position. Williams also was the first female president of the Pro Football Writers of America, serving a two-year stint for the 2009-2010 seasons. 

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Poll Methodology

The AP Pro32 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks the NFL's 32 teams. A team receives 32 points for each first place vote, 31 for second place and so on through to the 32nd team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams' point totals from highest to lowest. The mathematical formula is the same as the one used for the AP Top 25 rankings for college football, men's basketball and women's basketball.

History of the Poll

The Associated Press began the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings in 2012. A national panel of 12 voters will participate in the selection process this year. Each voter is among the 50 sports writers and broadcasters who choose the NFL's individual awards at the end of the season. All of the voters have an extensive background in covering the NFL. Some of them — Tony Dungy and Herm Edwards — played and coached in the league. Others — Jim Miller — played in the league. Each week beginning on Sept. 3, AP Pro32 will be updated and comments from some of the voters will be included in a story that accompanies the latest team rankings. In addition, a link to the will be included at the bottom of AP stories throughout the preseason and regular season.